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To Screen or Not to Screen? The Debate on Autism Diagnosis

To Screen or Not to Screen? The Debate on Autism Diagnosis

Could a proposal by an expert panel undermine years of progress made in the identification and intervention of autism?

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Autism Not Linked to Maternal Flu Infection, Vaccine

Autism Not Linked to Maternal Flu Infection, Vaccine

Infection with the flu or receiving the flu vaccine during pregnancy was not linked to autism in offspring.

Autism and Risk of Substance Use Disorders

Autism and Risk of Substance Use Disorders

A diagnosis of autism is associated with a doubled risk for a variety of substance use-related problems including drug and alcohol use disorders.

Autism Linked to Exposure to PCB Chemicals During Pregnancy

Autism Linked to Exposure to PCB Chemicals During Pregnancy

Although PCB chemicals were banned int he 1970s, they still linger in the environment.

Modified Checklist With Follow-Up Effective for Autism Diagnosis

Modified Checklist With Follow-Up Effective for Autism Diagnosis

Administration of the M-CHAT/F can be done by minimally trained PCPs.

Gender, Race Impact Familial Autism Risk

Gender, Race Impact Familial Autism Risk

The rate of autism diagnosis was 11.3% for those with an older sibling with autism, and .92% for those without.

Hearing Impairment May Help Identify Autism Risk, Severity

Hearing Impairment May Help Identify Autism Risk, Severity

Children with autism had a hearing deficit within a specific frequency.

No Link Between Labor Induction and Autism, New Study Says

No Link Between Labor Induction and Autism, New Study Says

The results are contrary to results from a prior large population study.

Olanzapine, Risperidone Tied to Weight Gain in Autism

Olanzapine, Risperidone Tied to Weight Gain in Autism

Ziprasidone and quetiapine were not associated with an increase in BMI.

Despite Health Insurance Mandates, Autism Still Underdiagnosed

Despite Health Insurance Mandates, Autism Still Underdiagnosed

The authors suggest that it's "perhaps not a fair direct comparison" to note that the CDC&P estimate of community prevalence for ASD is 15 per 1000 children.

High Folate, B12 Levels in Pregnancy May Raise Autism Risk

High Folate, B12 Levels in Pregnancy May Raise Autism Risk

Researchers will now have to explore the optimal dose for the supplements.

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